10 Balanced Sheet Pan Dinner Ideas You'll Love

10 Balanced Sheet Pan Dinner Ideas You'll Love

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Sheela Prakash
Oct 16, 2018
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Sheet pan dinners are just about the most brilliant weeknight solution around. Toss a bunch of ingredients on one pan, roast everything together, and in no time you have a complete meal that doesn't require hours to clean up. It's even better if the sheet pan dinner is wholesome. These 10 recipes are just that — they're full of colorful vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains to ensure you're treating yourself well after a long day.

1. Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon and Potatoes

Roasting the vegetables first before adding the salmon means you don't have to worry about overcooking the fish. Just finish things off under the broiler and it will be perfectly cooked.

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2. Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Tofu and Green Beans

Green beans are a nice, crisp counterpart to the tofu here, but lots of other vegetables would be great too, like asparagus, broccoli florets, or even halved radishes.

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3. Sheet Pan Veggie Frittata

You may think a frittata is more suited for dinner, but it's actually a perfect choice when paired with a simple green salad. Leftovers can then be enjoyed for breakfast or slipped between bread for a hearty lunch sandwich.

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4. Sheet Pan Honey-Dijon Chicken and Vegetables

The honey-Dijon sauce for this sheet pan dinner can get just about anyone to eat their vegetables. The broccoli florets soak up all of its savory sweetness.

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5. Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms

What looks like a simple sheet pan of roasted vegetables actually has endless possibilities. Pile the mixture on toast, or toss it with pasta, farro, or white beans.

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6. Easy Sheet Pan Chili Garlic Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

This sheet pan stir-fry of sorts comes together easily, thanks to quick-cooking shrimp. Serve it over brown rice or quinoa to make it a complete meal.

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7. Sheet Pan Potato Nachos

This recipe is proof that nachos can actually be a feel-good dinner. Load them with beans and vegetables, swap out the chips for thin-sliced potatoes, and enjoy straight off the sheet pan.

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8. Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Hash

This extra-colorful hash is the perfect breakfast-for-dinner recipe. Cook the eggs however you like — we like them a little runny so they make a nice sauce for the roasted vegetables.

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9. Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki

Skip the restaurant and make this Greek favorite at home instead. The juicy oregano-dusted chicken joins forces with red-skinned potatoes and bell peppers to become a complete meal.

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10. Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies

Potato gnocchi can be a wholesome dinner if you pair it with lots of feel-good vegetables. Here, the dumplings don't even get boiled and instead are roasted right next to the peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

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